The gifts of men

You have been to a museum, perhaps you have admired a Monet, and you immediately thought: ‘What a brilliant artist, what an amazing talent, what surprising and rare gift coming from the hands of man,’ and you would be correct.

So a man or woman takes a canvas, and expresses that which can not be put into words, they create, they are satisfied, and they are glad others too appreciate their talent, and life goes on. So who gets credit for the above shown masterpiece in the sky? Answer if you can.

Men create daily; bridges are first designed, drawn, blueprinted, steel fashioned, ground surveyed, artisans employed, and presto, look at the Dubai tower. A Jewel of the Nile as it were.

But it would be the height of ignorance and rightfully stupid to say that Monet’s work was the result of a happy accident, that it was not planned, executed, and painted by someone with obvious gift.

So why then dear friend, do we not extend the same courtesy to He who supplies all men with gifts, and why do we withhold absolute reverence for He who is the greatest painter of all? Who on earth can paint a sunset like the Creator of color? What Picasso would dare compare himself with One greater?

We look and enjoy the rare glamorous sunsets that dazzle and arrest our attention, but we stop short of the infinite considerations due to He who made the palette in the first place. Man can only borrow the existing inspirations, for no man can reproduce the cobalt, the cerulean, the periwinkle, the midnight blues, the siennas, the oranges, the remarkable colors of nature, as given by the ultimate gift giver, God Himself.

What fool would stare at a blank white canvas for hours and praise the artist who did nothing? Yet, is this not what we do when we steal the glory of the Docent and put it, and him, in the trash bin? Life is no blank canvas, and the One who gives gifts to men, is Himself, the greatest painter of all. And THAT took no effort and caused no sweat.

Ask Michelangelo if there was a God, and he just may have said something like: ‘What are you stoopid? Are you brain dead? Where did these hands and fingers come from? Do you think I am smart enough to dream of this inspiration apart from he who created the brain? I am borrowing the colors of nature, yet you are acting as the thief who steals what belongs to God? Life is God’s, I am simply happy to pass along that which He has given.’

And oh, if that is not enough, we always have the word of God; that little phrase ‘according to the scriptures,’ kinda settles everything. Love that, not according to weather forecasters who are 90% wrong, not according to network broadcasters who are 90% wrong, not according to Dawkins, Hawkins, Sagan, DeGrasse who are 98% wrong, but according to the scriptures, which are 100% correct.

Thank God for His wonderful gifts to men.

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52 Responses to The gifts of men

  1. Tricia says:

    You’re speaking my language here ColorStorm on God’s beautiful creations. I wonder sometimes if he does things like painting a gorgeous sunset or dropping sparkling droplets of dew on the fresh morning grass just because He can and it gives Him pleasure even though we reap the benefits. I like to think so.

    Love that almost quote from Michelangelo too. Makes sense to me!

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    • ColorStorm says:

      I hate when WP acts wonky trish and sends good people to the isle of misfits…….. 😉

      But agreed, the dew is in fact, dew from heaven; heck, even the rain sings the same tune. And yep, old Mikey, maybe he likes it too, our appreciation of his talent that is, and our extreme liberty with his opinions lol

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  2. Amen! Walking through the world and not noticing what He has painted special just for you, is tragic. But to walk about and declare there is no Artist at all? Uh, yeah, beyond tragic.

    I also love how God Himself is reflected in men. We are made in His likeness. So those Divinely inspired paintings, epic poetry, those symphonies, are all just our attempts to speak of God using whatever medium we can. There really is nothing adequate to convey what He is really like, but you can catch a glimpse when something has just been Divinely inspired.

    Zebras don’t try to paint the Sistine Chapel or compose music. 🙂

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    • ColorStorm says:

      No those striped fellas are not known for their artwork; however, there was a donkey once….that made more sense than most infidels. 😉

      I say once, because it only needed to be once, but I’m guessing that was some serious music at the time. Never ceases to amaze me though msb; people laugh at parrots, and don’t see the connection that God has a sense of humor. lol

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  3. rawgod says:

    You ask who gets the credit for creating a masterpiece in the sky? Why do you think credit needs to be assigned? The picture in the sky was not created, it happened. You were lucky enough to be around to see it. So, if anyone “created” it, that person would be you.
    Of course, you will not see it that way, but I don’t mind, your eyes may be opened but your mind is closed. You have a box around your imagination, and you are happy within that box. That is good for you. But were you able to put that same box around the imagination of your children, if you have any? Did you give them the freedom to imagine for themselves? Or did you force their imagination into the same box you hide yourself in? Do you really believe you are going to heaven after you die? Don’t bother answering that, I know you do.
    What about that time you were so angry you lost control and swore at someone in your mind, if not aloud? You think god did not hear you? Or the time you kissed someone who did not want to be kissed by you? You think that was not hurting that person? No, god didn’t notice that one either. Or the time you cheated on a test? Or the time you lusted after someone not your spouse? Or the time… you fill in that blank. I know you can, you have a conscience, and we both know it is a guilty conscience. You’re human, and no human is perfect, not even you.
    Why am I here to nag you? I don’t belong on your blog. I’m not a christian, though my father wanted me to be one. He beat me daily, called me stupid, said I would never make anything of my life. Yet I am the only one of his 10 children who has a university degree. That must be worth something. Do any of your kids have university degrees?
    Ah, colourstorm, you cannot but amaze me. You need to live in a universe bounded by what others have taught you, not one thing that you imagined by yourself. As someone said, you are not free to smell a flower for itself, all you can do is smell the hand of god. You cannot see the sky for what it is, but the work of the hand of god. You cannot sense your life for what it is, but only the grace of god.
    I pity you. I really do. I know why I love beauty. I know why I love life. I know why I love my imagination. You only know what you were taught to know. There is so much more to life than you can ever know, because of your box. All you need is to have someone open the lid, or take the top off. But that can never happen, at least, not in this lifetime. That is why I pity you. You cannot see what is right in front of you. Nature was not created. It just is…

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Please don’t cry me a river and accuse me of ‘holding your comments.’ Grow up.

      When you have a long one sentence sermon, WP picks it up as spam.

      But I’ll deal with you another time you little whippersnapper. 😉

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      • rawgod says:

        This little whipper snapper is probably older than you. But since you think you are wise, probably we are of a similar age. The difference is, your wisdom came from a book; my wisdom came from living life.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Is this a thinly veiled apology raw? Will you take note of your lack of information as to WHY you were moderated?

          Will you asset your wisdom with an apology? That would be nice.

          As to MY wisdom? I claim none of my own. God owns it all, whatever I or we have by life’s experiences, be it learning, observation, or innate, only a fool would claim that which belongs to Another.

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        • rawgod says:

          It is not any kind of apology. I accomplished my goal, which was to start a conversation. I am not sorry for that.
          But, so far, all you are doing is talking about comment number two, and ignoring my first comment. When you reply to that, then our real conversation will begin.

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  4. rawgod says:

    Oh, and as I was expecting, you have to protect your blog from comments that you don’t what your followers to see. Will you allow them to see what I just used my precious time to write? Or are you going to show yourself for the coward I know you are? Of course, no one but me will know you are a coward, but I will. If you were brave you would not have to moderate your comment section. You are lucky your god is making my tablet run out of power, so I cannot keep typing very long. He is defending you. Isn’t that great of him!

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    • Wally Fry says:

      Rawgod. Put a cork in it. I would imagine the blog host may(if he did) put a comment on moderation due to one of two reasons. One, language or vitriol that would make a bank robber blush, or two..typical cut and paste atheists arguments based on nothing but what you have read from your keepers. Trust me, no Christian here is afraid that you, in your impotent flailings, will weaken their faith. Let God be true and every man a liar, as the Word says. Or, since your follow on comment DID show up just fine, it may be not moderation at all, but simply the varies of WordPress. Yet, you immediately use it as an excuse to hurl insults and garbage. Proof you don’t want a conversation, but an atheist pulpit.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Seems like when ragweeds comment went to spam because of a long one sentence, yours went there too by association wally.

        But I’m laughing tho; his accusations of ‘not allowing comments to go thru’ cracks me up; like God and His word have ever lost a single argument to ants. 😉

        You do notice how all the other evilangelists have jumped ship; they know they cannot toilerate any man or woman who holds every word of God for a shield, thus they go after ‘soft targets,’

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        • Wally Fry says:

          Funny how they each think that it is their comment that would be the one to make a believer give up. If only the big bad Christian would let them play.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          If their accusations are entirely false (as to why they are moderated) they cannot possibly conceive how and why they are wrong regarding spiritual things as well wally.

          He better offer an apology first for being so myopic, and uninformed, lest he proceed further. 😉

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Don’t ply your evil craft with me rawweed. Learn to be respectable in another man’s house.

      As to moderation, just be thankful your words appear at all, and btw, I am moderated and even banned from your hero friends web sites; God’s word has that blistering effect.

      I will not however, tolerate pornography (which is a big deal with atheists it seems) and irrelevant comments (such as yours here now) that have nothing to do with my posts.

      Now go learn to behave.

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      • rawgod says:

        I’ll behave when you do. Pornography and atheism hand-in-hand, who told you that? People are people. More christians are arrested for possessing or distributing pornography than atheists, but pornography was not part of MY comment so how did it end up in this conversation?
        As for my hero friends banning you, first, my heroes are Mahatma Ghandi and Steve Biko, and they are dead, they are not people writing on WordPress. And since I found your comments on an atheist website, I thought I would do as you did, and pay you a visit. And I found here a question you probably asked rhetorically, but I took it as a serious question and answered it for you, which you had invited me to do. I believe that has great relevance to this post, if not others.
        So, when you treat me with the respect I deserve, and have a conversation with me, maybe then we can figure out how to get along peacefully. I’ll even curb my sarcasm, if you stop thinking of me as a little whippersnapper, someone who hasn’t learned yet how to behave.
        I wrote what I did so you would answer me, and open up a conversation. That door has now been opened. Are you willing to walk through it? I am.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          No. You lost respect when you falsely accused me of nefarious acts by way of moderation, when it was Word Press which sent you to spam because of your long run on paragraph which WP picked up as spam.

          Soooooooo, right out of the gate, since this is your first comment at this blog, you were 100% wrong in your baseless assumption; so unless you apologize, you WILL be moderated. Now grow up.

          As to pornography, it atheists sir, who bombard my site with pix and commentary not fit for consumption.

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        • rawgod says:

          You will see no pornography or even so-called vile language from me, but what you will see are my ideas, my beliefs, not someone else’s. You seem to think atheism is some kind of organized thought, equivalent to an anti-religion. It is not. Atheism is self-expression, what is found in each individual’s mind. Some people do seem to try to pretend they are leaders, but they are not. Atheists come to their conclusions on their own, and for a while they may try and find strength in others, but they will not find that. Every atheist believes what they find in themselves, not what someone tells them to believe. No one becomes an atheist because someone convinced them to change their beliefs. And no one stops their children from believing in a religion if that is what someone decides to do. Belief, in whatever, is a personal choice, no matter what anyone has told you.
          Now, I will apologize to you for others who call themselves atheists but choose to bombard your site with such foolishness. They are not necessarily true atheists yet, but people who are going through a stage I call anti-theism. They are experiencing anger for whatever they were told to believe by their parents, or friends. They lash out blindly, as most teenagers lash out at their authority figures at some point. You should be thankful that they choose to lash out at you with words, they could be lashing out with bullets.
          But again, I am getting off the subject. You. Me. A respectful conversation. Are you up for it?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Apologize first for your initial mischaracterization. Look at your own words as to WHY you think you were moderated. Truth won’t kill you.

          And stop your one paragraph comments.

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        • rawgod says:

          No, and no.

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        • rawgod says:

          Oh, by the way, i’ve never been moderated for long run-on sentences before, at least not that I know of. Since I tend to use them a lot, I think I would have noticed. However, the why doesn’t matter to me. I am just acknowledging that I read your complaint, and chose to ignore it as unimportant. I prefer not to dwell on the past, but to move forward. I cannot control what has already been said, I can control what I say in the future.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Ok tks, you have just earned moderation by your stubbornness. Congrats.

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        • rawgod says:

          My stubbornness?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Stop it.

          Yes. Your recalcitrance. You refuse to acknowledge that your lame assessment of me personally (using your own dman words) as to WHY you were moderated………………

          Until you man up, you have nothing else to add. If you cannot be truthful as to yourself, then I will be wasting my time.

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        • rawgod says:

          You are telling me I have been miderated by WordPress because I use run-on sentences, so here is a test of that since I cannot find out the truth of that any other way.
          Every paragraph in this comment will be a run-on sentence, and if it gets moderated then I will accept the possibility of your assessment, but still I Wil not accept it as fact just because you say it is.
          The real point of this whole situation was to start a conversation, but you are the one choosing that in order to avoid having the conversation that I am trying to have with you, or so it seems as you are stubbornly trying to continue dealing with one comment at the ignoring of the first comment which moderation should have given you to choice to print or not print.
          God enough?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          No. You are dead wrong. If I reply to a ‘moderated’ comment, WP defers to not spam. However, the FIRST comment such as yours went to spam. Period.

          But you come into a strangers house, with muddy boots, tear up the place, and you want to be treated like a king?

          But look at Wally’s comment to you. He was correct.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @rawgod

          WordPress moderates comments all the time. It is hardly unusual, and you if you are so smart you would realize that.

          Don’t know what it is but ColorStorm’s blog seems especially ready to moderate comments. Probably the settings he uses.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @rawanger

          WordPress moderates comments all the time. It is hardly unusual, and you if you are so smart you would realize that.

          Don’t know what it is but ColorStorm’s blog seems especially ready to moderate comments. Probably the settings he uses.

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        • rawgod says:

          I can tell you for sure the sites I tested have no such moderation limits as does ColorStorm’s. Run-on sentences are no problem for my test sites. Nor do broken English, writing in incomplete sentences, or anything else I could think of.
          And as far as WordPress moderating all comments, they probably monitor for cetain words or phrases, but they do not have the resources to moderate all posts and comments in real time. I am not a trusting person when it comes to technology, I can see possibilities everywhere, but I think what you say tends toward paranoia and conspiracy theories.
          And what good would moderating WordPress gain them? I have read comments Trump should be assassinated, or worse. I have stated many times over no one will assassinate him because all the crazies are already on his side. None of those comments were moderated, nor have any sun-glassed men in overcoats shown up at my door, ever.
          But should they, I will let you know the first chance I get…

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        • Wally Fry says:

          So, RG, what’s the odds you could move beyond your panties being wadded up because you think you got moderated and move on to something substantive related to the post? I think that might be both useful and an indication that you actually want to engage in adult conversation. Honestly, this just looks like trolling and disrupting.

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        • rawgod says:

          Well, Wally, seeing as no one has ever addressed what was in the original post, all you and your friends want to respond to the “moderation” post, I don’t think it is my panties that are wadded up. That post is still waiting to be moderated, and if ColorStorm has decided not to let any of his readers see it, don’t talk to me, talk to him. I call that moderated.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          5 sighs rawg. If you want to comment on something, read the original post again. ‘The gifts of men.’

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        • Wally Fry says:

          No prob. You don’t want conversation. I don’t blame you really. Your got hating worldview is void and nonsensical. I would avoid talking about it myself if I held it. The only thing Godless atheist have to offer is disruption and distraction.

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        • rawgod says:

          Dear Wally, that doesn’t sound like a very christian view of others, but that doesn’t bother me. What bothers me is you thinking I hate something that doesn’t even exist. That would be a total waste of time and energy.
          But as for not wanting conversation, conversations my lifeblood. No one gets anywhere without conversation or discussion.
          BTW, I am not out to change your mind about the existence of your god. What I would like to change is your ideas of who atheists are. I will admit, some atheists want to destroy religion, usually because they have been hurt by religion, and they want revenge. They think it will make them feel better.
          I however was not hurt by religion. Once I was old enough to think critically about it, I was able to see it did not work for me. Therefore I stopped believing. But as I feel I am able to make a choice, so are you able to make your choice. I don’t hate you because you made a different choice than me, there is no need. But when you start telling lies about me, and insulting me, there is no need for that.
          But there is a need for conversation.
          Now, as far as my original comment started, ColorStorm challenged anyone (that means me) to tell him who else but god could have created a beautiful sunset? My answer was in the form of a question? Why did he think it needed to have a creater? It my opinion, a beautiful sunset creates itself, if it indeed can be said to have a creater. Nature did not conspire to bring rosy-coloured clouds into the pink rays of the setting sun. Those clouds were around all day. The sun changes colour as it sets because of the angle of the rays hitting the atmosphere. These are totally unrelated facts… Until someone with the capability of seeing beauty brings those things together by seeing them as a whole, although they are seperate pieces of nature. No one had to create that scene. Three things came together at the same time, the clouds floating by, the setting of the sun, and someone’s eyes. If anyone was the creater, it was the viewer. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all. But I don’t think it was created just for that viewer to behold, that would be a positive form of paranoia, just like someone thinking aliens are after them, a negative form of paranoia.
          Yes, I said a few other things I could have held to myself as I have here, but really all they were was questions designed to discover how important ColorStorm thought he was in the scheme of things, if there is a scheme of things. I believe there is not. Free choice runs supreme. No one can tell me how to run my life, only I am capable of doing that. No one else has my experiences, and no one else thinks like me.
          That is all I have to say at this point in this conversation.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Just an observation rawg.

          Spend some time on my blog, you will find hundreds of posts easily defending creation, that is, creation which is obvious.

          Then add to that the posts of for example, CitizenTom, InsanityBytes22, Tricia, Julie, -xp, on and on and on, and you will find one harmonious accord.

          Truth has a common taste and theme, and godlessness has no place in God’s creation, except to the stubborn of heart. That’s a fact, and I make no apology for saying so.

          Godlessness and atheism have never won a single argument, here, or anywhere God’s word is unfolded.

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        • rawgod says:

          There are at least two sides, if not more, to any argument, and even though you believe yourself to always be the winner, that is merely self-delusion. No one wins every argument unless they are cheating. But who decides the winner of an argument anyway, not the participants. They don’t have good judgment, being personally involved as they are.
          Meanwhile, you could put a billion names on your list, it is no more impressive than just having one name.
          As for godlessness having no place in god’s universe, then I guess god dosn’t have a universe, because godlessness exists. “Cogito ergo sum.” I think, therefore I am.
          And truth has a common taste and theme? The whole world was once said to be flat. Then along came one dissenter, and the world became round. Everyone believed the sun went around the world, then along came one dissenter, and the world started revolving around the sun. There is no such thing as a common taste or theme that decides truth. But if you want to believe it does, that is your choice. I know different…

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Apparently rawg you know very little of scripture. The common ‘taste’ of scripture is as good as bread and as clear as the blue sky which is the vault of heaven.

          Read the accounts of scripture unaided by the dry opinions of fools, you just may get a more harmonious outcome.

          God’s word IS the anvil which wears out every petty gripe against it, including yours, which are all borrowed excuses.

          And I challenge you read my past post ‘Higher Education.’ Read the comments too of good people, which also answer yet again all complaints.

          And do visit the sites of the previous mentioned; they are all very good, and you just may change your mind, in time.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          RG will address the first comment of yours that I see on this blog post. After tooting your own horn because you are so smart that you went to college, you then asked the blog host if any of HIS children had. Really? What’s the point of accusatory questions like that? It’s the typical,’ If you morons only had brains and education, you would not be Christians argument. ” Your world view is void and nonsensical, and only insults on your part are the only thing you have in your atheist tool box.

          Oh, to answer you rather condescending question. Personally I have a University degree, as well as two of my children and my daughter in law. My education did not educate me out of my faith, In fact the education came first. Your world view is empty and void. No wonder you are angry

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        • rawgod says:

          Nope, all I was angry at was being insulted first. My reply was a bit passionate, yes, but that is how I felt after writing a lengthy reply only to have it sent to moderation. I used innuendo, certainly, but I don’t remember outright insulting anyone. And unless you are ColorStorm, the question was not directed to you. You didn’t even exist in my world at that time. You interjected yourself into the conversation at that point, and you too insulted me personally. An eye for an eye, is that what the bible teaches? But it also teaches to turn the other cheek, something which I have seen very little of in the past 40 or so years. It was something that was important when I was a believer, but I guess time changes everything, eventually…

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        • rawgod says:

          Ah, repetition. If it doesn’t work once, repeat it, over and over if necessary. Maybe saying the same thing 30 times will finally get through to me. NOT!

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @rawanger

          🙄 Generally, I don’t repeat myself. When someone does not understand, I do try to try different words. My guess, however, is you just want to be difficult. Pity. Waste of time and effort. Perhaps you would be more productive if you fell and cracked your skull. Not a suggestion, but it is something your ought to think about.

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        • rawgod says:

          Just out of curiosity, what would I be producing if I broke my skull? The analogy escapes me.
          And I want to be difficult? You are the one who sent the almost exact same message to me twice. I even checked. I was not hallucinating.
          So, whatever you are complaining about, I have no idea where it is coming from, or its purpose. And if I were to say something like it is you who do not understand, without saying to you what it is I think you do not understand, what would that say of me. That I never said anything to understand in the first place?
          You would probably be right..?

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @rawanger

          I addressed the first comment to your gravatar name. It went in moderation. I addressed the second to your behavior.

          What you being producing if you cracked your skull? Wrong question.

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        • rawgod says:

          Lol, you are a comedian. Cracked skulls do not mean death. I tried that 60 years ago, not on purpose though. I have to admit I do not know what @rawanger is, or not even what social media form it refers to. I don’t officially use social media.
          And as for being angry, that is a stretch. Jimmy Dean was an angry young rebel. I am just a senior pacifist.
          And the only gravitas name I have is rawgod. As far as I know I cannot be reached through gravitas.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @rawanger

          Encouraging laughter has advantages. Thank you for laughing.

          Do cracked skulls mean death? No, but they generally quiet the recipients. Expect you can verify that.

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        • rawgod says:

          Only for awhile, CT, only for awhile.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @rawanger

          Well, I would not recommend crack your skull again. Sometimes repetition is ill-advised, you may wish to simulate the productivity gains.

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  5. Wally Fry says:

    Well said my friend, well said. God’s got this, His word is true, and we are all morons in comparision. End of story.

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  6. Thanks for sharing !

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